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Nearly 30 students and faculty from Duke and neighboring universities filled the Moyle Room at the Karsh Alumni and Visitor Center on Sept. 18, for the launch of the Department of African and African American Studies’ 50th anniversary speaker series. The 2019/20 series features a lecture by Duke alum who was trained or mentored in black studies at Duke and went on to a career in the field. Read More read more about Where Did the Hammond Sound Come From - And Where Did it Go? »

State efforts to offer reparations are problematic because they’re a piecemeal solution to a national problem, said William Darity, a Duke University economics professor, who is heading up the national team of academics exploring reparations. State resolutions should endorse the development of a national program, Darity said. “The culpable party is the United States government,” said Darity, who is black. “They created the legal and authority structure to allow for these atrocities.” Read More read more about Talk of Reparations For Slavery Moves To State Capitols »

History and African & African American Studies Professor Thavolia Glymph led a discussion for Philadelphia Municipal Court judges and other court employees regarding an 1857 U.S. Supreme Court decision on rights of black people. Read the full article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. read more about Philadelphia judges find modern meaning in the 1857 Dred Scott case »

In February of 2019, many of the original Allen Building protestors and their families met for a weekend long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the takeover. From the Washington Duke Inn to the Nasher Museum of Art, the event celebrated the Takeover and its participants –a sharp contrast to how the students were treated 50 years earlier. The events included remarks from the chair of Duke’s African and African American studies program, members of Duke’s senior leadership team, testimony of the original protestors, and… read more about “Institutions Need to Be Pushed”: An Oral History of the Allen Building Takeover »

Professor William Darity Jr. of Duke University, co-author of a forthcoming book on reparations, is in favor of it. He told Mother Jones it would take between about $10 and $12 trillion to carry out. He said a government-based program could frame reparations as a national debt and obligation, rather than an issue of any individual or family’s “particular guilt.” Darity is also a proponent of “baby bonds,” in which each child born would receive a trust fund, the size of which would vary in relation to the family’s… read more about Making Amends: How Funders Can Address Slavery’s Legacy »

A book that is not only a biography of a dance company, but that also contextualizes that company against the larger background of gay rights, civil rights and women’s liberation. DeFrantz uses the story of Alvin Ailey to chart the story of African Americans in 20th-century America. The book takes you deep into some of the most iconic pieces in the Ailey Company’s repertory, including “Revelations,” and traces the influences of jazz and blues that permeate Ailey’s work.  Read More read more about 9 books about dance that will change how you see the art form »

He’s been one of academia’s leading authorities on American racial inequity for years, in high demand by Democratic presidential candidates who hope he’ll endorse their proposals to close the “racial wealth gap” — a term that his research helped popularize. But as William “Sandy” Darity shuffles through papers in his second-floor office at Duke University, the gray-haired economist explained that he was hard at work on his own proposal, one that could be the most sweeping of his career — a concrete plan for paying monetary… read more about Which Black Americans Should Get Reparations? »

On Wednesday afternoon the Department of African & African American Studies will launch its 50th anniversary speaker series with Duke alum Ashon Crawley. Crawley, Ph.D., ‘13, will deliver a talk, “Migration Stories and the Hammond Sound,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Moyle Room of the newly opened Karsh Alumni and Visitor’s Center (2080 Duke University Rd., Durham). The talk is free and open to the public. Free parking is available across the street in the gravel lot. A reception will follow the talk.… read more about AAAS Speaker Series Highlights Duke Black Studies Alum »

Congressional testimony by African & African American Studies, Economics and Public Policy Professor William "Sandy" Darity Jr. Read More read more about The Case For Reparations »

Next Thursday, Sept. 19, comedienne, actress and self-dubbed “upper ghetto godmother,” Marsha Warfield, perhaps best known for her wise-cracking bailiff ‘80s-sitcom character, Roz, on NBC’s “Night Court,” will visit Duke University. Warfield is a special guest for the Duke University course “Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy” course, taught by Professor Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Professor of African & African American Studies. The course features guest appearances by professional comedians, critics… read more about Duke’s Black Comedy Class Brings ‘Upper Ghetto Godmother’  »

Warfield is a special guest for the Duke University course “Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy” course, taught by Professor Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Professor of African & African American Studies. The course features guest appearances by professional comedians, critics and screenings of rare and/or classic films. Read More read more about Duke's Black Comedy Class Brings 'Upper Ghetto Godmother' »

Warfield is a special guest for the Duke University course “Dick Gregory and the History of Black Comedy” course, taught by Professor Mark Anthony Neal, the James B. Duke Professor of African & African American Studies. The course features guest appearances by professional comedians, critics and screenings of rare and/or classic films. Read More read more about Duke's Black Comedy Class Brings 'Upper Ghetto Godmother,' Sept. 19 »

"As far as I know this is a first for any academic institution in the United States," said William A. Darity Jr., a professor and expert on reparations at Duke University. Read More read more about Virginia Seminary Sets Aside $1.7 million to Pay Reparations to Descendants of Slaves »

At an event at Page Auditorium moderated by Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke professor of African and African American studies, the two spoke of their story’s connection to racial bias, the flawed criminal justice system and the media’s role in both. They described their story as one of personal evolution, resilience and even love.  Read More read more about Members of Exonerated Five Reflect on 'Criminal System of Injustice' in Monday Talk »

Duke University Economics Professor William ‘Sandy’ Darity, is one of many vocal supporters of reparations, leading the charge to make people look more intently at the data and empirical evidence around Black wealth in this country, rather than concluding a narrative based on assumptions. Listen read more about Reparations Expert Says It's Time To Stop the Tired Narrative That Black People Can't Manage Money »

You can really draw a clear line from the earliest days of slavery…to the racial wealth gap and economic picture of this country today. Today, 400 years since slavery began in the United States, we’re going to draw those connections with William Darity, who goes by Sandy. He's the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics; and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University.  LISTEN read more about 1619: The Racist Roots of the U.S. Wealth Gap »

William Darity, a professor of public policy at Duke University, said it’s “nonsensical” to think that greater wealth for the rich translates to improved fortunes for everyone else.  “Otherwise we would not have observed such an obscene increase in the degree of income inequality that has restored the magnitude of levels that existed on the eve of the Great Depression,” he told me. “I have not seen anyone make a serious claim for a trickle-down effect with respect to wealth.” Read More read more about Column: Trickle Down Theory Is A Monstrous Lie Intended to Justify the Rich Getting Richer »

Still, player clout has limits, Mark Anthony Neal, chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University, cautioned. He cited Warriors Coach Steve Kerr’s recent criticism of players who tried to force trades while under contract. Neal also cited when Phil Jackson, the Hall of Fame coach, referred to James’s African-American friends and business partners as a “posse” in 2016. “Phil Jackson is one of the figures in the league that we see as relatively woke,” Neal said. What does that say, he… read more about Is Slavery's Legacy in the Power Dynamics of Sport? »

Step into the studio with Duke AAAS professor 9th Wonder, the legendary producer behind Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, and more. Find out what makes him one of the most energetic, inspiring, and influential producers in the game – and see how he creates his signature soulful sound with MASCHINE. WATCH read more about 10 Years of Maschine: 9th Wonder »

“The origins of the racial wealth gap start with the failure to provide the formerly enslaved with the land grants of 40 acres,” says William A. Darity Jr., a professor of public policy and African-American studies at Duke University. Any financial progress that black people made was regarded as an affront to white supremacy. After a decade of black gains under Reconstruction, a much longer period of racial violence would wipe nearly all of it away. Read More read more about A Vast Wealth Gap Driven By Segregation, Redlining, Evictions and Exclusion Separates Black and White Amerca »

Holloway, the James B. Duke Professor Emerita of English, vividly recalls an encounter with Morrison at Duke in the late 1990s. Morrison was in town for a standing-room-only symposium entitled “African-American Women: The Body Politic” -- one of several visits the Nobel laureate paid to Duke. Read More read more about Toni Morrison Remembered As a 'Writer For This Age' »

For a brief and all-too-rare moment in American politics, the case for slavery reparations took center stage Tuesday night, and William Darity Jr. was thrilled. Darity is a public policy professor at Duke University and an acclaimed scholar on reparations, and for the first time in his life the idea of compensating the living Black descendants of American slaves was being discussed by people running for president—one of them, author and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson, actually working out the math on stage, in front of… read more about 150 Years Later, Slavery Reparations Are On The Agenda Again »

The fundamental problem is the inadequate set of resources that blacks can transfer from past generations that creates the racial wealth gap. And that dynastic effect is associated with our whole history of white supremacy and racism in the United States. LISTEN read more about Can Reparations Help Right The Wrongs of Slavery? »

“Because this is Duke, everything’s about basketball,” said professor Mark Anthony Neal, who taught Stroman that summer. “I had both Zion [Williamson] and RJ [Barrett] in my class, and there’s never an expectation — because they’re here for one year — that they’re ever gonna come back and finish their degree. But it says a great deal about who Marcus is as a person that getting his degree was still important to him even after he made it to the big leagues. … In class, he was engaged and very attentive.” Read More read more about How Mets' Marcus Stroman Became Must-See Baseball Show »

Mark Anthony Neal, chairman of the African and African-American Studies Department at Duke University, said Thursday that Goodman's comment and attitude don't surprise him. "There are still pockets of deep racism in this country," Neal said, "pockets, even here, even in 2019, in which people are still very comfortable using that kind of language to describe African-Americans." Read More read more about Duke Professor: People Not Remorseful About Their Racism, Only About Getting Called Out On It »

“The paradox, of course, with respect to black people who are descendants of persons who were enslaved in the United States, is that you’re telling people to go back to where they came from after you forcefully transported them here,” said William Darity, a public policy professor at Duke University. Read More read more about Behind Trump's 'Go Back' Demand: A Long History of Rejecting 'Different' Americans »

For decades, William Darity Jr. and Darrick Hamilton toiled in obscurity. They criticized mainstream economists and politicians for failing to address racial inequality, and touted more radical remedies of their own. Now, with the 2020 presidential campaign under way and liberal Democrats ascendant, the two economists are in the spotlight, thrust into the middle of an intraparty debate over how much to embrace big government and a race-oriented message. Read More read more about Two Economists Fuel Democratic Debate Over How Far Left To Go »

William A. Darity Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook professor of public policy and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, has been researching reparations for more than 30 years.  Read More read more about Duke Professor William Darity, Jr. Is Leading the Discussion About Reparations »

“A lot of people are sort of jumping out and saying this is xenophobic or nativist, but I don’t see this at all as a claim that is hostile to other communities,” Darity said. “There are people who perceived it as hostile because it breaks with the notion that there is complete homogeneity among the black community.” He stressed that people not descended from slaves, like Harris or former president Barack Obama, are just as fit to be political leaders for the black community. Read More read more about A Few Liberal Activists Challenged Kamala Harris' Black Authenticity »

The US Diversity Visa (DV) lottery, also referred to as the green card lottery, allocates 50,000 visas annually to those from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the US. Up to twenty million people from around the world apply each year, with winners selected by raffle. The DV program came into being in the mid-1990s, thanks to a powerful Irish lobby in Congress led by Teddy Kennedy—but that’s another (albeit fascinating and bizarre) story. Today, in a sweetly ironic postcolonial twist, Africans have… read more about Q&A With Charlie Piot, Author of The Fixer »